shostakovich wrote:I went to a Hartford Symphony concert over the weekend.
Shostakovich (the other one): Festive Overture
Beethoven: Piano Concerto #1
Ives: Three Places in New England
Respighi: Pines of Rome
I wanted to see this for Pines. Just over 50 years ago, as a college freshman, the Minneapolis Symphony (now called Minnesota Orchestra) visited. Antal Dorati conducted. They ended with Pines. I can still feel the auditorium shaking. So here was another chance to hear it live. This auditorium may be anchored better. The seats didn't shake. To be fair, the chairs were portable 50 years ago. Anyway, this time the Appian Way had some of the brasses stationed around the auditorium. The "surround sound" was pretty impressive.
I think Respighi was the greatest film composer who never wrote for movies. Come to think of it, 3/4 of Pines appeared in Fantasia 2000.
Respighi at one time studied with Rimsky-Korsakov. They and Ravel form my 3 Rs of Orchestration.
Ever notice the similarity between the opening of Stravinsky's Dance of the Firebird and the opening of the second of the Fountains of Rome?
Sounds like the Pines is one of your favorites.....
Antal Dorati.... WOW... Great work and it must have been a fabulous
I used to go to Music Camp back when I first started playing in the 70's.
One of my first Orchestral performances was playing The Pines of Rome.
The Orchestra needed extra trumpets so I was selected to play.
They posted the extra trumpets at different spots around the audience.
I thought it was pretty cool and that was one of the events that
started me down my love for Classical Music!